TANEC PRAHA is an international festival of contemporary dance and movement theatre which takes place every year in June in Prague and other regions of the Czech Republic. Since 1989 it represents the pinnacle of the dance scene on the Czech cultural map.
The festival's primary mission is to react to changing conditions and new social and artistic impulses to allow the broadest possible public to see progressive trends and the best works of dance and theatre. Quality, diversity, topicality, outreach to other genres and space for experiment – these are the crucial elements that the festival's Arts Committee assess when selecting works for the program.
In addition to companies and individual artists representing the very best that the dance world has to offer (in particular the Dance Event of the Season, which guarantees the participation of figures like Maguy Marin, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Alain Platel, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Marie Chouinard, Lin Hwai Min, Nacho Duato, Sasha Waltz and others) the dramaturgy also reserves space for medium-sized companies and beginning artists in the European Dance Laboratory and Dance NEWs programs. These evenings draw mainly from the offer of the Aerowaves network, which aims to discover and support young European talent, but also from platforms and competitions in other continents. The program also sets aside a special place for domestic production. Since 2014 the festival has also taken on a co-production role. It guarantees and supports the creation of new works by Czech artists and their presentation at the festival. The dramaturgy of the regional part of the festival – TANEC PRAHA IN REGIONS – focuses on presenting high-quality local productions from recent seasons.
The main part of the festival program is enriched by productions and events intended for children – TANEC PRAHA FOR CHILDREN (since 2008) – and students, especially from arts schools with a focus on dance – TANEC PRAHA FOR STUDENTS (since 2012). The accompanying program features workshops for dancers, performers and choreographers, but also for the general public. Then there are dance parties, film screenings, lectures and site-specific projects. Since 2015 projects have also been implemented in the public space under the name VEN.ku TANCI.
The TANEC PRAHA Festival is involved in international networks.
The festival is regularly supported by important political and social figures and has enjoyed the long-term patronage of the Prague City Hall and Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and individual productions are supported by foreign embassies in the Czech Republic.
The TANEC PRAHA Festival received its highest honour on its 25th anniversary in 2013, when it placed first overall among 235 European festivals of all genres in the EU Culture program with a 100% evaluation. After starting the Creative Europe program it obtained EFFE – Europe for Festivals – Festivals for Europe notification.
TANEC PRAHA 2016 – the 28th annual International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement Theatre – will take place from 23 May to 23 June in Prague and more than 15 other cities and towns in the Czech Republic.
The program seeks to present the high quality and diversity of the dance scene from around the world. The main event of this year's festival is the first ever performance in the Czech Republic by Israel Galván, an extraordinary figure bringing together the worlds of flamenco and contemporary dance. The main program in Prague will kick off on Children's Day with the premiere of a new project for teenagers called MOMO by Mirka Eliášová in the PONEC Theatre and in the evening of the same day the critically acclaimed creative duo of Fruček – Kapetanea will perform with their own company Rootlessroot in Jatka78. Also featured will be Karine Ponties, whose company is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and whom PONEC audiences will already be familiar with. In the second part of the evening she will therefore also address the Czech artists with whom she has worked in a segment entitled "Cartes Blanches". Then for the first time ever the festival will bring Slovak choreographer Anton Lachky, who has been enjoying great success in Belgium, and last but not least, an original work by Ann Van den Broek.
TANEC PRAHA FOR STUDENTS will this year be devoted to William Forsyth and will offer a unique perspective through the eyes of exceptional dancer Jone San Martin.
New productions, not just from the European scene, showing off promising new talents will be presented at special evenings in the section newly entitled Dance NEWs. Also occupying a significant place in the program are local artists, in particular in the regional parts of the festival.
The accompanying program offers workshops, dance lessons, film screenings, moderated discussions and site-specific projects.
Since 1989, the TANEC PRAHA Festival has represented the very best of the dance season on the Czech cultural map. Quality, diversity, topicality, outreach to other genres and space for experiment are the main criteria of the program.
Mgr. Yvona Kreuzmannová
founder and director of Tanec Praha
Yvona studied economics of tourism at the University of Economics Prague, from where she transferred to the dance department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague to study theory, history and dramaturgy. In 1990 she received a scholarship in Paris where she decided once and for all to organize the TANEC PRAHA international festival. Thus in 1991 she founded a civic association of the same name, later a society transformed into a registered institution. From September 2006 to September 2008 she worked as an external advisor, first to the deputy minister, and later the minister of culture of the Czech Republic. She also accepted an offer from the Government Office and was responsible for the official opening of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council in Brussels – the Czech Ball event (January 2009).
She is active in international networks and juries, worked for three years at the IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting) and co-founded Trans Danse Europe. In 2009 she was asked to join the leadership of the Aerowaves network, which she had also co-founded, as its Associate Director. She managed the M4m project with the support of the EU Culture program and was the artistic director of the Plzen 2015 project, when the city was granted the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture. After a series of personnel changes she renewed her collaboration with Plzen for 2014 – 2016 and beyond.
Her highest award is the Knight's Order of Merit from the President of France, which was given to her for her outstanding contributions to the development of European cultural cooperation.
As the statutory body of Tanec Praha she is also responsible for the TANEC PRAHA Festival.
Co-Director of the TANEC PRAHA Festival
After graduating from the Prague Dance Conservatory in 1990, Markétawas for seven years a soloist at the Pavel Šmok Prague Chamber Ballet and also collaborated in many independent projects both at home and abroad. She won the Thálie Award for excellence in dance in 1995. In 1997 she accepted an engagement as a soloist in the Ballet de l'Opéra national de Lyon, where she performed until 2010. From 2009 – 2010 she studied an arts management program in Lyon, and since 2010 she has worked with Tanec Praha as a member of its Arts Committee. In November 2011 she was appointed as the co-director of the TANEC PRAHA Festival and moved permanently to Prague.
Bc. Alena Brožová
manager of the TANEC PRAHA Festival
She studied at the Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague, Bc. at FF UPOL – Department of Theory and History of Dramatic Arts and a six-month study program ERASMUS at The University of Groningen of Faculty of Arts / Arts, Culture and Media in the Netherlands (post-dramatic theater). After graduating she worked in the commercial sector (Event Specialist). Since 2009 is part of the team of Tanec Praha, who brings her diverse roles.
Mgr. Veronika Hladká
Manager of the TANEC PRAHA IN REGIONS Festival
She studied Culture Management at the Masaryk's University in Brno. She graduated year study Erasmus program at Royal Holloway, University of London. Although always particularly interested in the visual arts and music, enthused for contemporary dance. In the organization Tanec Praha she works since 2010.